Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

In cooperation with the Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V., Musicboard will grant one Berlin pop musician a residency abroad at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, U.S.A.

Intended for a solo artist living and working in Berlin. Pop musicians of all genres may apply. Applicants should show a high degree of independence and personal initiative, and should be open to interdisciplinary exchange.

Three months in the year following the application. The exact period of the residency will be coordinated between Villa Aurora and the selected musician. The duration of the residency may not be shortened and the period may not be moved.

Photo: Mirko Lux

About Villa Aurora
The Villa Aurora was the home of writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta during their US exile in the 1940s. As a haven from persecution by the National Socialist regime, the Villa Aurora became a meeting place for German-speaking emigrants in Los Angeles. The Feuchtwangers regularly held readings, concerts, and receptions there. Their guests included Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Bruno Frank, Charlie Chaplin, Franz Werfel and Alma Mahler-Werfel, Hanns Eisler, Ernst Toch, and many other artists and intellectuals. Villa Aurora has been run as an artist residency since 1995 and serves as a centre of cultural life and international encounter.

Residency Details
In addition to Musicboard residents, the Villa Aurora hosts scholarship holders from across Germany in the fields of fine arts, film, composition, literature, and performance. As a residency house, it offers a space for interdisciplinary exchange. A stay at Villa Aurora not only promises the potential for artistic collaborations; it also provides good networking opportunities to the Los Angeles music scene at large. The residence is particularly suitable for musicians who are active in the fields of music and film.
There is a soundproof room on-site which is well suited for making music and recordings. A selection of technical equipment is available. The Villa also has a grand piano and its own house organ.

Musicboard’s Contributions
Musicboard covers all of the costs associated with the stay. This includes round-trip travel costs as well as food, accommodation, working/rehearsal space, and project-related costs when applicable.

The application deadline for the Scholarships & Residencies program is March 1, 2020. All application-related information and the link to the online form can be found here.

Musicboard Alumni Los Angeles
Laurel Halo – 2019
– 2018
Paul Frick – 2017
Stefan Goldmann – 2016
Planningtorock – 2015
Heatsick – 2014
Pantha Du Prince – 2013

Please contact Maureen Noe with questions about the Scholarships & Residencies program:
Tel.: +49 (0)30 288 787 88